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Englewood Review of Books

“Jeffrey Allen Mays has…written a philosophical masterpiece that really makes readers think about what it means to be a true hero in his debut novel: The Former Hero…through the pain and the suffering Mays’ story conveys, he could not be closer to the truth.” – Alicia Smock

San Francisco Book Review

“This book has many fantastic qualities. Jeffrey Allen Mays weaves in mythology, religious allegories and rich characters to create a vivid and intriguing novel. His ambition works in his favor to create a philosophical novel that delves deep into the idea of what being a hero means….The characters are impressively complex…”  – by Magie Marshall.

Review by Greg Lamb, author of A Dangerous Element and The People in Between

“Jeffrey Mays showed me what is in the art of the possible with his debut novel, The Former Hero. I hadn’t read anything as good in the genre of experimental literature since the early ’70s when Ishmael Reed wow’ed me with The Last Days of Louisiana Red

Portland Book Review

“…an ambitious and philosophical novel that looks at the concept of a “hero” while following three protagonists are caught in an overwhelmingly corrupt city… characters are well developed. For readers looking for a bit more depth to their novels, this book might be just up your alley.” – by Whitney Smyth